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NATURAL PROCESSES: MFA Thesis Exhibition by Max Collins Opens Sunday at the Castellani Art Museum

May 12, 2016  by: Natalie Fleming

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Max CollinsNatural Processes 
May 15 – September 11, 2016
Opening reception, with artist talk at 3:00 p.m., Sunday, May 15, 2:00 – 4:00 p.m
Castellani Art Museum, Niagara University, NY

Natural Processes is a the culmination of integrative learning partnerships the artist developed with Niagara University students and regional primary and secondary schools including Stella Niagara Education Park, Lewiston, and LaSalle Preparatory School, Niagara Falls.

This exhibiton combines three-dimensional installation, large-format photographs and a documentary film—detailing the creation, assemblage, burning and positioning of the remains to travel down the Niagara River. In one respect, the complete work is a reflection the natural circle of life as the paper and wood ritualistically reference elements of earth, fire and water—a cyclical cleansing process. Collins refers to this creative process as “wilderness therapy,” an opportunity to reclaim a personal connection with nature.

The artist invites visitors to the exhibition, to experience thoughtful, reflective calmness—a meditative environment analogous to, as Collins stated, “certain transcendental eastern philosophies whose core beliefs were in the inherent goodness of both people and nature.”

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